Two Kings are ace at Whithorn

Robert the Bruce and James IV
Robert the Bruce and James IV

Whithorn Primary School pupils met two ‘Kings’ this week as aprt of their programme of work and interpretation at the Whithorn Trust.

The P6’s were pilgrims to Whithorn, following their guides, Robert the Bruce, who visited Whithorn in quest of a cure for his “leprous” hand and James IV who visited every year and occasionally twice, bringing generous gifts for the local community and the cathedral, and a large retinue. At times, though, his guilt over his involvement in the rebellion against his father and his subsequent death, were overwhelming and he wore an iron belt against his skin as a penance. On his last trip to Whithorn just before Flodden in 1513, he asked for help from his ally, the Prior of Whithorn, who supplied heavy oxen to pull the cannon during the battle.